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Aug 17, 2007
Courtesy of the Internet it's extremely easy to investigate online a variety of different things about a person's past, while getting a very good idea of their track record. As more and more government agencies bring their records online, the ability for anyone to look into someone's past is increasing.

While there are some great programs out there that can really make the processing involved in an online investigation go smoothly, it's important to remember to exercise caution when doing background checks. When you investigate online, you're looking into a person's history generally for the purpose of making a big decision. Whether it's for hiring, dating or extending credit or more, an online investigation shouldn't be taken lightly.

Before you make decisions based on the information you find online, it's important to make sure:

* You have the full name of the person you're looking into. Without this and some other important identifying information you cannot be assured the information you're getting is accurate for the person in question. Professional decisions made without correct identifying information can get you and/or your business in trouble, so do be certain.

* Have the date of birth. This is one of the biggest identifying factors along with the name to help in a good online investigation. If you investigate online without these, the information returned can be about almost anyone.

* Social Security number. This is an absolute must when you investigate online in some regards. If you're investigating a job applicant or a potential loan client, this information will be easy to obtain. If it's for a potential boyfriend or girlfriend, it might not be so easy.

* Address. This might not be necessary for every online investigation, but every identifying factor can help eliminate chances the findings returned will be in relation to a different person.

Even with all the correct information in hand, it's important to approach an online investigation with caution. Decisions made based on information found can be big ones that have a real impact on a person's life, so it's vital to be certain the information is correct and it's valid for the person in question.

Steer clear of sites that offer "personal insights" into people's backgrounds. Sites that allow former friends, former girlfriends or husbands and so on to weigh in on with opinions are suspect in and of themselves and should not be used for making serious decisions of a business nature. They might be useful for personal decisions, but should not be brought into a professional arena as evidence of a person's character one way or another.

As you investigate online using a program to do so or going it alone, remember to check the authenticity of the agencies that are providing information and be certain to give a person a chance to answer charges found.

The most reliable sources to investigate online are through actual government agencies and credit bureaus. These, too, however can have bad information once in a while or misfiled information. This is where it can be very smart to give the person in question a chance to respond to documentation found.
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